BSMC Gear Guide #18
By Gareth Roberts - 18 Jul 14
This weeks Gear Guide features summer leathers, a handy pocket knife, a lock with attitude, a tough as nails pack and fuel to keep you charged up. http://www.vansonleathers.com/
The canvas was developed during WWII when the country was surrounded on all side and fearing invasion by the far larger armies of the Axis powers the Swiss camped out in the high alps ready to defend from the heights; this meant everything had to be hauled up to the top of the mountains so the Swiss army developed a range of innovative load carrying techniques and equipment. Switzerland had to become self-sufficient in many things due to blockades and cotton was unavailable to them. Stinging nettle is a very high performance fibre as it happens with immense breaking strain and other useful properties. The Flax provides the suppleness and together they present a speckled appearance known as ‘salt and pepper’.
The pack has tough forged anodised metal fixings, thick leather and metal buckles. An internal aluminium frame provides a curved shape which keeps the pack off your back together with a hip tension band, and with these features and the overall ergonomics this is a very comfortable, compact pack. A drawstring system seals off the top of the pack and there’s a single large outer pocket. A full leather base protects the pack when put down on the ground, and all the leather is beautifully and incredibly robustly saddle-stitched. Wynnchester source these and feed the canvas and leather with various oils including beeswax and flax oils for the special canvas, which takes the dried out grey canvas back to it’s original working condition and military colours. An amazing and iconic pack, and getting rarer and rarer. http://www.wynnchester.co.uk https://shop.ironandresin.com http://www.maxishop.com https://www.kryptonitelock.com